Damian Brennan Spurs His Way to First NFR Qualification with Big Regular Season

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Australian saddle bronc rider Damian Brennan stepped foot into the Thomas & Mack for the first time in 2022 when he was recognized as the Resistol Rookie of the Year. A year later, and he will be standing on the iconic yellow bucking chutes as a National Finals Rodeo qualifier.


Calgary Stampede, $11,125

Placing in two Go-Rounds snuck Brennan in as the No. 4 cowboy to move on to the Semifinals from Pool A. A 90-point ride in the Semifinals was enough for second-place before his 87.5 in the Finals earned him a third-place finish and $10,000, $5,000 of which counted toward the PRCA World Standings.

Home on the Range Champions Ride (North Dakota), $11,054

In Sentinel Butte, Brennan would draw Burch Rodeo’s Professional Lunatic for Round 1 and be 88 points. His Round 2 horse was All In Pro Rodeo’s Kamakazie and he put up a 90.5-point score that brought him to No. 2 in the Average. His earnings here would be his second highest payday of the regular season.


Horse Heaven Roundup Rodeo (Washington), 90.5 Points

Brennan matched up with World Champion bronc Xplosive Skies of The Calgary for the first time in Kennewick, Washington and it turned out to be the round-winning ride in the Finals. It also powered him to two-head score of 172.5 on two to win the rodeo.

Ellensburg Rodeo (Washington), 90 points

The weekend after Kennewick, the State of Washington remained good to te Aussie. Over Labor Day Weekend, Brennan kicked it off with a bang on another one of The Calgary Stampede’s, Birch Bubbles. It would be a 90-point ride worth almost $4,000 to keep Brennan in the running for the NFR.

Lea County PRCA Rodeo (New Mexico), 89.5 Points

Brenna rode High Dive of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo win almost $6,000 at the one-head PRCA Playoff Series Rodeo. He won the United States Open Bronc Match (South Dakota) the same August weekend.


Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo, 87.5 points

A tie would win Deadwood and Brennan was one of two 87.5-point rides. His came aboard Sutton Rodeo’s Ruby Girl in the iconic South Dakota Arena and be worth almost $5,000.

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